Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 25, 2014

TAST Nos. 136,137,138,139

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop row – No.136 Knotted Buttonhole Band .  This became a disaster as I laid the base with too fine a thread and the stitches, even in a hoop, refused to sit well.

Having several other ‘have to do now’ projects on my mind was not a good way to tackle this stitch, so I left it and the beaded version for a later try.. or should I have said Trial of patience.  My patience at this stage was used up. :-(((

 

3rd row -No. 138 Barb stitch. Quick and easy to do and looks good.  Perle 8 with a finer thread for whipping.

4th row – No. 139  Beaded Barb stitch, also easy.  Perle 5 with finer thread for the beading/whipping.

Okay! back to the disaster, a week later.

No. 136 Knotted Buttonhole Band -I replaced the base thread with a heavier one and a green hand-dyed perle 8 one side and tan the other,  to get a slightly neater outcome.

No. 137 Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band –   I used  the equivalent to a perle 5 -one having ‘little’ twist – and used an acrylic 8 ply knitting thread to bead with, hoping the two threads would cling to each other.  This was a great improvement.  I didn’t need a hoop for this one.

To be honest, these 2 are not stitches I would repeat in the future.  There was some stitch earlier in the TAST that did not like- can’t remember what it was- but that is only 3 of the 139 stitches Sharon has shared and most likely the problem is me, not the stitches.

I’m looking forward to stitch No 140 to complete this years samples and should TAST go ahead next year, I’ll be ready to keep going.

Check out http://pintangle.com/cq-details/  for details which are for Newbies and more experienced stitchers.

Sharon’s suggestion to use a tapestry No.26 needle for beading with perle threads is so good. It works every time for me.  Thanks Sharon.

Please don’t let my poor effort put you off trying new stitches.

 

 

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Responses

  1. A few readers had a problem with the knotted buttonhole band – I think in all cases it was probably a tension issue. I always use a hoop and often don’t try stitches off the hoop. I should do that more often so I can give readers the heads up when something really needs an even tension and try to save them a lot of frustration.

    • Thanks Sharon for your reply. I generally do not use a hoop for TAST stitches but you did give notice to use a hoop for the Knotted Buttonhole Band and so I went with your suggestion.

      You could bet your last dollar that the main reason for my stitching problems would be caused by tension, and you’d win.

  2. I fully understand your frustration, but must say you have managed to tame your stitches much better than I have.
    Now, with 140 TAST stitches we will obviously have found favourites and some stitches that we will not ‘be friends with’. Luckily #138 and 139 were enjoyable and compensate for the trouble with #136 and 137.
    Let’s hope next year will bring us a lot of new ‘friendly’ stitches!

  3. I’m not even going to try this one Maureen, as I just cannot manage a hoop. Not for any type of work, and it’s not for the want of trying. Love the other stitches and will try them later.

    • I found it harder to get used to a thimble than a hoop, which I really like for fine embroidery. Thanks for stopping by Claire.


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